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Safety trumps religion in COVID vaccine decisions: IRC

A commission has thrown out a worker's out-of-time challenge of her employer's refusal to exempt her from a COVID-19 vaccination directive. She claimed she couldn't have a vaccine because of her religious beliefs against abortion and other issues.


Beware the "hidden" risks of workplace PPE

Personal protective equipment poses "hidden" psychological risks for workers, and the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an invaluable opportunity to properly examine these hazards, Australian researchers say.


Workplace COVID lessons highlighted for world safety day

Workplaces constantly change and evolve and employers have been reminded, for World Day for Safety and Health at Work today, of the importance of adapting their WHS processes. The event is also being used to highlight the way COVID-19 has exposed weak safety standards.


Japanese encephalitis posing WHS risks in multiple states

PCBUs currently grappling with their WHS duties around COVID-19 vaccinations could have another vaccine to assess, with Safe Work Australia recommending a vaccination regime for workers at risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis virus.


New WHS Standard follows teen's death and high-range fine

A new industry safety standard developed in response to a teenage worker's death, which also attracted one of the highest WHS fines in NSW history, includes guidance on preventing unapproved modifications of scaffolding and will prevent injuries and fatalities, the NSW Government has claimed.


Safety standards must match strong demands; and more

  • Step up safety with increasing demands, say regulators;
  • Employers urged to utilise WHS tool for young workers; and
  • Waivers don't reduce WHS duties to children.

WHS controls, including segregation, reduce fatal risk

An organisation that implemented new administrative and engineering controls, in response to two workers contracting a deadly lung disease, improved health outcomes in just two years, health and safety researchers have found.

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